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has in the wars in afghanistan and iraq, managing the thorny pakistan relationship and preparing the united states for a leaner future. we started with afghanistan. with bin laden dead and relations with pakistan fraying. americans, including those who served in afghani, are saying that the mission is unduable the best course is to withdrawal as soon as possible. i asked the chief if the mission is still achievable. >> a critical part of the world. as we focus on this, it has been a focus on both afghanistan and pakistan and the region. as you said, bin laden is dead and had a huge impact on al- qaeda, but it did not eliminate al-qaeda. their leadership still lives there, and they threaten to plot and kill as many americans as they possibly can. we need to continue the press on al-qaeda and defeat them. strategically defeat them. that can only be done there. secondly, we are, with respect to afghanistan, we are working our way through a long-term strategic agreement right now, which, to which afghanistan president hamid karzai has indicated strong support. all of that is tied to
and the first aviator to hold this post. how much longer can you sustain the operations you have in afghanistan? >> we spent a long time thinking about that. i think we can sustain it for -- i hesitate to say indefinitely, but for quite a while. our forces are -- some of them are one to two. our in fantry is less than that right now. but the morale is commensurate with the good feeling that marines have about what they are doing and they feel that what they are doing is important. as long as that is the case and they are being supported back home, we can continue to sustain this. >> marines in one form or another have been in afghanistan since 2001. what are some of the more recent lessons that you have learned from the latest push? >> first of all, we took a lot of lessons out of iraq. not everything translated from iraq and afghanistan but a lot of it did. the importance of culture and tribal chiefs. in iraq it was the sheikhs but here it's the tribal chiefs and who the decision-makers are in the tribe. protecting the people is important. understanding the importance of training the afghan na
the wars in iraq and afghanistan changed the way you guys do business. the wars have highlighted the need for persistent surveillance. that's something you guys have been involved in obviously in the space level. there's been a huge investment on unmanned vehicles on the air-breathing side to try to give a more persistent picture of what's going on on battlefields. how's that changed how you guys operate, how you guys work with the u.a.v. forces in order to get that best information to the troops in the field? >> vago, that's a great question. we've had to evolve tremendously over the last few years and we've evolve inside a way that helps the war fighter. let me just give you two examples that i think portray that. first geolocation of emitters and by that i mean phones, push-to-talk radios, whatever you want to talk about. when we combine ourselves with the persistent overhead airborn assets, we can do geo location of those emitters very, very quickly and usually those emitters are targets. >> right. >> second i.e. d.s. as you know, it's a tremendous problem. we do a great deal from sp
the successor to the company's fighter barrage made his combat debut over afghanistan in 2007 and is now in action over libya. but is yet to win its first export order. >> i wanted to start by congratulates you on the down selection in india, but ask you how are you going to beat your competitor from india. >> it's a big celebration for everybody. thank you for congratulating us for india, we are happy to be in the final in india but it's only a start. we now have to negotiate about final stage and selection. how we may beat, , we feel that our are accomplish the mission. and different types of weapons which may be accommodate with our aircraft. so really, the choice to select hafal from aircraft carrier was really a good choice which we may see now active in some part of the world. with the french operations. >> do you think work share is going to be an important part of that final decision. >> of course, it's a capability for sure, we're not going to sell 126 aircrafts off the shelf. we will sell parts of the shelf and then these will be coproduced in india and at the end of this tour,
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